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Audit of Victim Assistance Formula Grants Awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime to the State of North Carolina's Department of Public Safety Governor's Crime Commission, Raleigh, North Carolina

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2017
37 pages
The findings and methodology are presented for the U.S. Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General's (OIG's) audit of the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC's) Victim Assistance Formula Grants awarded to North Carolina's Department of Public Safety Governor's Crime Commission (GCC) in Raleigh, NC.
From fiscal years 2010 through 2015, the GCC was awarded $122,512,935 under the Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program for the purpose of improving crime-victim services in the State. The audit's objective was to determine whether costs claimed under the grants were allowable, supported, and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and terms and conditions of the grants, as well as to determine whether the grantee demonstrated adequate progress in achieving program goals and objectives. This involved an assessment of performance in the areas of program implementation, performance, and reporting; grant financial management; drawdowns; expenditures; Federal financial reports; and selecting and monitoring sub-recipients. The audit found that the GCC did not comply with essential award conditions related to allocating funds, performance statistics, and support for grant expenditures. Specifically, GCC did not meet the requirement of sub-awarding at least 10 percent of the total grant awards to programs that provide services to crime victims in the four priority areas; did not have an adequate system for ensuring that the number of victims served by sub-recipients was accurate; could not provide supporting documentation for $92,175 in administrative payroll expenses and $106,536 in sub-recipient expenditures; and did not comply with requirements for sub-recipient monitoring. Eight recommendations are directed to OJP, the grant administrator, regarding how to address the problematic issues in GCC grant management and performance. 8 tables and appended audit methodology, schedule of dollar-related findings, and the GCC and OJP responses to the draft audit report.